Lexus is set to revive the IS F sports sedan with a twin-turbo V6.
Last we saw the IS F it was back in 2014 when Lexus had aspirations of competing with the BMW M3. Powered by a 5.0-L V8 and paired with an 8-speed automatic, the IS F was much beloved for its naturally aspirated engine, which produced 416 hp and 371 lb-ft of torque.
But then Lexus essentially gave up on sporty cars (outside of the RC F, of course), and instead offered the IS with something called an F-Sport package. It didn’t do much to the car’s power, which remained at 311 horses from a 3.5-L V6, but it did make the IS a pale shade of its former glory in the looks department at least.
Now, however, we’re being told that Lexus is bringing back the IS F. According to Japanese news site Response, not only is the IS F coming back into production, it’s getting a twin-turbo V6 too.
The engine mentioned in the report is the same 3.5-L twin-turbo V6 that powers the LS 500. Response doesn’t mention power, but it seems likely that the engine will be tuned to produce more than the current 416 horses, as that’s basically the same as the old IS F. Even the weakest of the BMW M3s gets 425 hp, so consider that a likely starting point.
Also mentioned are possible hybrid powertrains to appeal to luxury-minded customers that don’t want their performance to come at the cost of the environment. Power would be from a 2.5-L Dynamic Force hybrid engine developed from the 2.0-L hybrid that currently powers the UX 250h SUV.
An entry-level engine, likely to power the regular IS, is mentioned to be a 2.4-L turbocharged inline 4-cylinder with 317 hp.
We also got some interesting renders that show just how the IS will evolve aesthetically. What we see is certainly a sportier car, with more black trim surrounding the air intakes and slightly less chrome. The grille has been redesigned to better resemble modern Lexus vehicles, as have the headlights and tail lights. A gurney lip now adorns the trunk lid and there’s a quad-pack of oval exhausts.
Rumors say the IS will debut in 2020-2021, with the IS F arriving in 2022.